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The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.

Featured Film

Banaras

DVD – (22 minutes, 1970, black & white)

Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling

banaras…presents the currents and moods of the city through a series of strikingly common and uncommon visual images. It captures the pulse of daily life that returns again and again to the Ganges River and its sacred waters. The film explores the city’s shrines, its crowded lanes, its roadside stalls, its cremation-wood cutters, its funeral processions, its young, and its old. The film gives the viewer a feeling for the people of Banaras – their faces, their periods of activity, and their moments of public worship and private reflection.

Available in the online store.

News

  • Former UW-Madison Professor passes away

    Muhammad Umar Memon, retired UW-Madison professor, passed away on Monday. Memon was professor of Urdu Literature and Arabic Studies, and taught Urdu, Islamic Studies, Arabic and Persian at UW. More…

     

  • Celebrating Asian Studies at UW

    The Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department hosted a symposium on Friday, April 20, 2018, to highlight Asian studies students and the departments’ new degree program. The symposium brought together members of the UW-Madison community to showcase ...

  • UW Faculty named recipients of NEH Stipends

    Congratulations to UW-Madison professors Mitra Sharafi (Law and South Asian Studies) and Emily Callaci (History and African Studies) have been named recipients of Summer Stipends by the National Endowment for the Humanities. More…

  • South Asia professors recognized for teaching excellence and service

    Three South Asia-affiliated faculty were recently recognized for excellence in teaching, contributions to their field, and service.

    The Secretary of the Faculty named J. Mark Kenoyer (Anthropology) and Gurindar Sohi (Computer Science) as two of four recipients of the prestigious Hilldale Award.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Center for South Asia attends Multicultural Night at Hamilton Middle School

    On Friday, February 23, representatives from the Center for South Asia were part of the annual Multicultural Night at Hamilton Middle School. The evening’s activities included an international potluck dinner, dance performances, and a student Taiko drum performance.